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Baked Pears…lets get some of these recipes out there!

29 May

I have a huge backlog of recipes that we put together in our last fabulous kitchen! It seems like sacrilege to post without photos though! Next time I make this I will add one to the post so you can see how fabulous it looks even though it is extremely simple to make. Very elegant looking.

Baked Pears

Pears (half a pear for each person you are feeding)
Orange juice
Almonds (chopped)
Dried cranberries
Coconut
Cinnamon
Freshly grated ginger
Cloves

Slice pear in half and core. Create a little bit of a indent that will house the toppings. Chop the almonds and mix with the dried cranberries and coconut. In a separate bowl mix orange juice with cinnamon, ginger and cloves to taste. Pour juice over nut mixture and stir to combine. Drizzle over the pears. Bake in oven for 25-30 min. Soooooo good!

Passed the Motorcycle Skills Test…

15 Apr

Which is great because I can now go out and ride on my own! I very much look forward to some more practice and hopefully some nice sunny days!!

So if you are curious about the MST it really isn’t that bad, especially with a small maneuverable bike. I did practice a fair bit too, I really want to make sure my basic skills are solid for safe riding. A few people at the test looked like they were having a bit of difficulty but they had much larger bikes.

So here is a brief run down of the MST that I had – there was nothing unexpected and the examiner explained everything really well.

Part A

Go go gadget paint skills!


I will try to explain using my crappy Paint drawings.
So you pull up to the first set of cones on the bottom right. They get you to run through with them where all the controls are and they check your lights. From here they get you to come off the bike and push it in a straight line (A). You then stop at the end cones, crank your handle bar all the way to the left and push it forward (make sure you keep it as upright as possible) so they can measure the turning radius (B). Then you get back on the bike and ride back to the same starting point (C).

Part B

Slow speed, turn and slalom


Once again starting at the bottom right cones they had me complete a slow straight line and then stop at the two end cones (A). From here they wanted a turn (within a set boundary) and then right into the slalom (B). My diagram is a bit messed up but you get the point. You could start the slalom on any side you wanted. Once out of the slalom it was through the two cones at the bottom of the screen (D) and then back to the start at (A) for one more run of it. On the second run they have you pull through the cones (D) and stop facing the opposite direction that you have been going.

Part C

Accelerating, turn, quick stop


Now facing the other direction (A) you take off and turn through a set of cones (B), then accelerate up to ~ 20 – 25 km/hr up and do a smooth turn (C) and accelerate up to 25 km/hr (D) in preparation for a quick stop. The examiner stands at the bottom set of cones and drops a hand when you are to brake. They were letting people do this loop two times (not sure if that is normal, maybe it was just because the pavement was quite wet).

At the end you stop and review your results.

I’m sure the test is a bit different all the time but this gives you an idea of what to expect. You could also call the office and see what days the run the tests and stop by to have a look at what people are doing.

Now lots of more practice and I will give the road test a crack.

Learning to Ride

30 Mar

I love it! So far I’ve done a fair amount of off road practice in a little lot near our place. From that I have put together a little list of 10 things I have found useful so far:

So, is there any tread left on the tires? Or at this point would it be like throwing a hot dog down a hallway?

1. Pick a bike to learn on that you aren’t afraid of and look forward to riding.
2. Try shorter but more frequent practice sessions when starting out.
3. Practice what you are “bad” at (seems obvious but you’d be surprised how many people avoid what they struggle with).
4. Stay relaxed and present. This makes a huge difference!!!
5. Be okay with making a few ridiculous mistakes.
6. Ask lots of questions!
7. Look where you want to go…it seems pretty much impossible to mess up with this tip.
8. Practice.
9. If you don’t understand something get someone to give you a quick demo or go online to see if you can find a video.
10. You really can’t accidentally change more than 1 gear so don’t worry that you’ve overshifted or undershifted.

Easy Lunch – Kale and Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Sausage Soup

28 Mar

Lunch is probably my least favourite meal…because I usually pack such a crappy lunch when I get a call out. So I’m trying to think of a few things that are quick and easy but also non crappy. Here’s one of my favourite soup recipes so far, it can of course be eaten for dinner too!

Kale and Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Sausage Soup

Kale and Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Sausage Soup

1-2 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion – chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic – minced
4 turkey sausages (I like the Sun-Dried Tomato ones I can get at our farm market) – chopped up
1 bunch of kale – chopped
1 tomato – chopped
1 carton of chicken broth (~900 mL)
2 cans white kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
seasoning (I usually use a bit of oregano, garlic powder, salt)

Assembly instructions:

1. Brown turkey sausage
2. Add onion and garlic and cook till transparent
3. Add kale, tomato, beans, chicken broth and seasoning
4. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 min

If you like a saucier soup then add a bit more broth or water and blend one can of the beans in a food processor (or mash with a potato masher) and then add to soup mixture.